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Dr Chris Kiefer

Post:Lecturer in Music Technology (Music)
Other posts:Member (Sussex Humanities Lab)
Location:ARTS B B259

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877484
International:+44 1273 877484
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Chris Kiefer is a computer-musician and musical instrument designer, specialising in musician-computer interaction, physical computing, and machine learning.  He performs with custom-made instruments including malleable foam interfaces, touch screen software, interactive sculptures and a modified self-resonating cello.  Chris’ research  often focuses on participatory design and development of interactive music systems in everyday settings, including digital instruments for children with disabilities, and development of the NETEM networked score system for musical ensembles.  His work also concentrates on machine learning and signal processing for audio and interaction, with a particular emphasis on nonlinear and dynamical systems.


Research projects:

MIMIC: Musically Intelligent Machines Interacting Creatively (AHRC)

NETEM: Networking Technology and the Experience of Ensemble Music Making (AHRC Digital Transformations)

PRAISE: Practice and peRformance Analysis Inspiring Social Education. (EU FP7)

Sound, Image and the Brain: Cognitive Live-Arts Technology in Contemporary Game-Oriented and Accessibility Paradigms. (AHRC)

Smart E-Bikes (EPSRC)



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Lecturer in Music Technology


Community and Business

I am a co-director of Syncphonia.